Joel Osteen (May-19-2019) Sunday Daily Devotion: Don't Give Away Your Power.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: And "don’t sin by letting anger control you." Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry... Ephesians 4:26, NLT
TODAY'S WORD: Do you realize how much emotional energy it takes to hold a grudge, to live with unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, jealousy and guilt? We only have a certain amount of energy for each day. If we use it for the wrong purposes, focused on the negative, dwelling on who hurt us, we’re not going to have the energy we need for the right purposes. We’re not going to make the best decisions. We’re not going to be as creative. We’re not only doing ourselves a disservice, but we’re doing our family and our friends a disservice. Remember, you can’t control what people do or say. You can only control yourself. If you’re allowing others to upset you, you are giving away your power. The Scripture says, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” The reason many people have no joy or enthusiasm is because they go to bed every night with anger and unforgiveness. When you go to bed like that, you’ll wake up with that same anger and frustration. Don’t let anger and unforgiveness block God’s blessing in your life. Choose to let those things go so you can live in the peace, joy and power the Lord has for you.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Heavenly Father, today I am releasing every negative thing that has happened to me. I’m forgiving every person who has hurt me. I’m forgiving myself for mistakes I’ve made and releasing every disappointment so that I can live in Your peace and victory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.